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Nigerian Egg Roll Recipe

The Nigerian Egg roll is entirely different from the famous Chinese Egg Roll. In Africa, we prepare our version of Egg Roll just as the name implies. It is a boiled egg wrapped in a mass of dough and deep-fried.

African Egg Rolls

This Egg roll is often sold as street food in west Africa. However, Tea lovers can have this for breakfast. Also, you can serve it with a glass of cold juice for brunch; For me, I eat this any time of the day – and I must add, it is a very filling snack.

Sliced African Egg Roll to show inner egg

Just like the Scotch Egg, the African Egg roll is deep-fried and also very easy to make. However, a key to achieving great success in making this recipe lies in the preparation of the dough; the dough will be a little wet and soft and a bit hard to work with, don’t be too concerned about that at this stage.  By the time the dough is left to rest for about 15 to 20 minutes, it will turn out well. Though it will still be soft, however, it will be more manageable. If you use the exact measurements below, you will get exactly what you see here. 

African Egg Rolls inside in ceramic bowl

Important notes

  • Do not wrap all the eggs at once except you are ready to fry them right away. Only wrap as you fry. If you do otherwise, the dough around the egg will continue to rise. This will cause the dough to lose its snug fit around the egg by the time you fry.
  • The Egg Rolls should be fried on medium heat. Frying on a high heat will prevent the Egg Roll from cooking on the inside. Don’t worry the Egg Roll will not get soggy in the Oil as long as the Oil is not cold.
  • Use enough Oil to deep fry in other to get the best result.
  • You can also bake this if you choose to, but the Egg Roll will not be as soft on the inside as the deep fried one.


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Nigerian Egg Roll Recipe

Boiled egg wrapped in a mass of dough and deep-fried. Easy to prepare, inexpensive, and very delicious. It can be eaten as breakfast, an appetizer, or snack with hot sauce or ketchup.
4.58 from 83 votes
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Course: Snack
Cuisine: African
Keyword: easy, homemade
Prep Time: 25 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 5 People
Calories: 265kcal
Author: Lola Osinkolu


  • 2 Cups Flour
  • 1 Tsp Baking powder
  • 1/4 Tsp Salt
  • 2 Tbsp Sugar
  • 1/2 Tsp Nutmeg
  • 2 Tbsp Margarine
  • 1 Egg beaten
  • 8-9 Tbsp Water
  • 5 Eggs Boiled


  • Mix the flour, baking powder, salt, sugar, and nutmeg in a large bowl.
  • Add the margarine and use your fingers to blend the margarine into the flour until crumbly.
  • Stir in the beaten egg. The dough should look dry at this point.
  • Begin to introduce the water a little at a time and work the dough till the dough is soft and sticky but still workable.
  • Work the dough for about a minute, then cover it and let it rest for about 15 to 20 minutes.
  • Work the dough again for a couple of seconds to a minute and divide it into five balls.
  • Flatten out each ball of dough on the palm of your hand, drop the egg in the middle of the flattened dough and tightly wrap the dough around each egg.
  • Fry on medium heat until golden brown about 6 to 8 minutes turning it every few minutes.
  • Serve your Egg Roll hot or warm. Enjoy!


  1. Ensure that you have enough oil in your frying pan to deep fry the egg rolls.
  2. It is best to use a tall, wide pan so that the egg rolls can move freely and brown evenly.
  3. If you want less doughy rolls, you can use 6 eggs and divide the dough into 6 parts.


Calories: 265kcal | Carbohydrates: 37g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 164mg | Sodium: 206mg | Potassium: 173mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 405IU | Calcium: 60mg | Iron: 3mg

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Recipe Rating


Wednesday 7th of February 2024

I was looking for an egg roll recipe and I stumble on this.i just made it and it tasted really nice and came out very well too.i was thinking the sugar was a bit low but everyone I served enjoyed it and said they love the way the sugar was not much. Thank you mama❤️❤️❤️.wish I can drop the pic for everyone to see

Chef Lola's Kitchen

Saturday 23rd of March 2024

Thanks for your feedback, Maryam.


Tuesday 25th of July 2023

I love everything I’m seeing here😍❤️


Tuesday 9th of January 2024

@Lola Osinkolu, I love you so much ma and wish to meet you in real life.

Lola Osinkolu

Thursday 27th of July 2023

Glad you do Ramat!


Saturday 22nd of July 2023

I'm really learning more from you ma thank you ❤️💕😘

Lola Osinkolu

Thursday 27th of July 2023

You are welcome Jessica :)

Doyin Akinwande

Saturday 22nd of July 2023

I love this recipe 😍I tried it recently and oh my! it was crunchy and sweet ( I added a little extra sugar tho) I even incorporated corn flakes to the dough just for abit more crunch (didn’t need to but wanted to try).

Chef Lola's Kitchen

Saturday 26th of August 2023

I am glad you made the recipe your and created a crunchier Roll. That's great 👍👍👍


Thursday 15th of June 2023

I like your recipes thank u so much for tge teachings

Chef Lola's Kitchen

Sunday 27th of August 2023

You are welcome, Rita